James Dower, Framestore

What course did you study?

VFX Professional

How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the world of VFX?

Being taught by people who work and have worked in the industry was a big help as I already understood the basic pipeline and knew what was expected of me.

What are you working on at the moment?

Can't say! But I recently finished on 'Terminator: Genisys' which was great fun to work on.

What's your favourite movie and why?

The Lord of the Rings - seeing Gollum brought to life in all the making of videos definitely turned my head towards visual effects.

What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in VFX?

Stay humble and never give up!

If you had to sum up your time at Escape Studios in one word what would it be and why?

Eye-opening

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

My top tips:

  • Don’t rush your showreel. It can be really tempting to get it uploaded as soon as you finish your course, but if you aren’t happy with the work on there, it’s going to work against you. Get a second opinion from someone who knows what they’re talking about, not just a friend!
     
  • Get a LinkedIn account if you haven’t already. It’s great to have an easily accessible list of your education, experience and skills on show, and it’s very useful in finding out what companies are recruiting and when.
     
  • Network as much as you can. There are quite a few events and expos for VFX out there. Meeting those already in the industry as well as aspiring artists like yourself is really helpful - you never know who might be working at a company you’re applying for in a few years’ time!

Being taught by people who work and have worked in the industry was a big help as I already understood the basic pipeline and knew what was expected of me.

James Dower, Framestore